I was on the roof of the shed working a bit back and got to thinking of the adjective – just.  It seemed like a useful word and full of meaning when applied to one’s job:

I am “just” a nurse.

That has the connotation that there is something else or better than the noun stated.  I played with a couple other names and decided it had the same effect – that of lessening the stature of the job to which the word was related.  While on this mindset,and considering banning its usage, I found a usefulness for the term.

The patient asks, “do you think I have rhabdomyolysis?”

My reply: “I’m sorry, I’m just a nurse.  You need to ask your doctor that one.”

I guess I’ll keep the term.

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